Equity and diversity statement
Equity means equal access and opportunity for all.
Diversity means diversity of skills, experience, background, approach, views, gender, age, culture, ability, ethnicity and language.
|Background and rationale||
In Australia, there is a growing national consciousness that our STEMM sector faces significant equity and diversity challenges. For example, the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) recognises that women hold only around a quarter of STEMM and ICT related jobs and are significantly underrepresented at senior levels. The Australian Academy of Science considers the loss of diverse researchers, including women, from the national STEMM pipeline to be a significant waste of expertise, talent and investment, which negatively impacts our nation’s scientific performance and productivity.
The Centre Executive Management Committee (EMC) believes that Australia needs to urgently address barriers to equity and diversity in STEMM to:
The EMC recognises that the ANU, University of Queensland, University of Sydney, Western Sydney University and the CSIRO are all members of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot.
The EMC also recognises that the ARC is committed to a policy of supporting participation by researchers in the research workforce at all career stages and from underrepresented groups, and to providing a framework that gives researchers flexibility in shaping their careers.
We acknowledge that the ARC’s expectations of Administering Organisations include the expectation that we have policies and procedures in place to support the progression and retention of women and other under-represented groups in the research workforce.
|What we commit to doing||We commit to promoting and supporting equity and diversity as core drivers of research and translational excellence and to seeking all possible means of supporting equity and diversity within the Centre, including, but not limited to: